November 3, 2013

System Restore With Timeshift

TimeShift for Linux is a application that provides functionality similar to the System Restore feature in Windows and the Time Machine tool in Mac OS. TimeShift protects your system by taking incremental snapshots of the file system at regular intervals. These snapshots can be restored later to bring your system to the exact state it was in at the time when the snapshot was taken.

TimeShift is designed to protect only system files and user settings ( hidden files in your Home directory ). User files such as documents, pictures and music are excluded.  Read more in the Timeshift FAQ...

Snapshots can be restored either from the running system or from a live CD. Restoring backups from the running system requires a reboot to complete the restore process.

I have used it a few times and it worked really well ( only taking snapshots ondemand ).

Installation :

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install timeshift

Links :


  1. it does not work correctly, on the system partition creates an invisible part

    1. What do you mean "an invisible part" ? Comment on this page :

    2. sorry my english. after removal of the backup, partition on which it was, not visible in the file system, but the place is occupied. everything becomes normal after formatting the partition

    3. Sorry, still don't understand, reply in your own language, I translate using Google Translate....

    4. эта утилита создаёт бекап на системном разделе. после его удаления место, где он был- остаётся занятым и невидимым. то есть было 30 гб, к примеру, после бекапа- 14, а остальные 16 просто не видны. как будто часть раздела в другом формате. приходится форматировать весь раздел. может, это только мне не повезло. привет из России :)

    5. What filesystem do you use ?

    6. Sorry, can't help you. Maybe you could ask at the site of Timeshift.